HC Deb 19 February 1942 vol 377 cc1904-5
72. Major Lyons

asked the Minister of Supply, as representing the Minister of Production, whether he will now arrange to establish regional executive production councils, meeting weekly under the chairmanship of each Regional Commissioner, to ensure administrative decentralisation, acceleration of decisions and economy in money and man-power, and on which supply Departments and all other appropriate Government Services are represented?

Sir A. Duncan

My Noble Friend has under review the organisation of production in the regions, and has appointed an ad hoc committee under the chairmanship of Sir Walter Citrine, composed of representatives of the British Employers' Confederation, the Federation of British Industries, the Trades Union Congress General Council, and of the regional boards, to advise him on this matter.

Major Lyons

In view of the urgency of the matter can this gentleman get to work immediately? Will he have the powers suggested in my Question?

Sir A. Duncan

I understand that he was appointed yesterday and that he has already got to work.

Major Lyons

Will the Minister answer the second part of my query, as to whether his terms of reference will include a recommendation on these lines?

Sir A. Duncan

I will look into the matter.

Mr. Davidson

Will the Minister consider publishing the personnel of these regional committees to Members of Parliament?

Sir A. Duncan

I will communicate with the hon. Member.

Sir Ralph Glyn

Will instructions be given to Regional Commissioners to notify Members of Parliament in their regions when steps are being taken in this important matter?

Mr. Ness Edwards

Will the right hon. Gentleman make available to the House the information in the report, as soon as it is ready?